Hi everyone I took the exam today and noticed a few issues or technical problems that were very upsetting.
1) Why does the exam allow you to check 4 correct answers when it is only asking you for 3. I have confirmed this with a peer and it was not just me. I tried it several times with many questions that asked to select an specific number of answers and it allowed to pick more than that number.
2) The amount of time on the exam is very very short. I am one of those people that reads little and moves through things rather quickly. I also have learned a lot about practice management over the years and was able to spot answers before even reading the whole question or every option sometimes and I was not able to finish all questions. I think it kicked me out at the last question. Can you please add more time, this questions actually require thinking and if you do the math you are giving us about 2 mins per question or so. Do you think that at work I can answer questions from owners regarding contracts or anything in 2 mins. It would take me 5 at least to find the proper book to answer or the correct reference. I think the time is way to short.
I hope more people who have taken this particular exam can give me feedback of their experience regarding the time allowed to finish. I know of at least another person who had the same issue.
3) Case studies questions on the Practice management also were an issue in the sense that all of those questions could have easily been just broken apart and given with their respective appropriate information and one could have easily answered them with zero issues. Is NCARB asking us to demonstrate how quickly we can look through information and pick an answer or the real deal as a prof. architect. In reality the principals (Architect) of firms would put on their reading glasses and take their time reading through similar issues as presented in the exam. We have a time clock to read through things and select appropriate answers, the case studies should take under account the reasonable amount of time people actually take to answer these things in our day to day practice. We can average such tasks among all professionals and in my opinion their time would be longer by a lot than the one we have to do it. At least for the case studies we should be realistic and reasonable, nobody in practice does this things with such little time and expects to deliver accurate information to clients and consultants and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
3) Once the exam kicked me out, I had no idea there was another section of questions. I am a loyal follower of NCARBs tips and I didnt know of those extra question (Without saying specifics for ethical protection). They might have not been scored but I just was not expecting them.
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